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David Hockney Retrospective Kicks Off in Tate Britain

The world’s most extensive retrospective of the work of David Hockney opened on 8th February 2017 at Tate Britain, celebrating the artist’s achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video. Hockney is an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s and considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Organised in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou and The Metropolitan Museum, London is the first stop of this exhibition, which will travel to Paris and New York later on.

David Hockney, Los Angeles, 9th March 2016 © David Hockney Photo Credit: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima
David Hockney, Los Angeles, 9th March 2016
© David Hockney
Photo Credit: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima

It presents a chronological overview of Hockney’s work, from his start as a student in 1961 through to his most famous works of the 1960s and 1970s, and on to his recent success at the Royal Academy and beyond. The exhibition includes his portraits of family, friends and himself, for example Self Portrait with Blue Guitar 1977, as well as his iconic images of Los Angeles swimming pools. He has frequently changed his ways of working and his style: his radical ‘joiner’ assemblages of photographs, such as the famous Pearlblossom Highway 1986, are amongst the paintings of his Hollywood home and the Californian landscapes that he made then and after; and his abstract works of the 1990s influenced his perception of the Yorkshire Wolds and the Grand Canyon.

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy 1968 Acrylic paint on canvas 2120 x 3035 mm Private collection © David Hockney
Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy
1968
Acrylic paint on canvas
2120 x 3035 mm
Private collection
© David Hockney
Domestic Scene, Los Angeles 1963 Oil paint on canvas 1530 x 1530 mm Private collection
© David Hockney
Domestic Scene, Los Angeles
1963
Oil paint on canvas
1530 x 1530 mm
Private collection
© David Hockney
Model with Unfinished Self Portrait 1977 Oil paint on canvas 1524 x 1524 mm Private collection c/o Eykyn Maclean © David Hockney
Model with Unfinished Self Portrait
1977
Oil paint on canvas
1524 x 1524 mm
Private collection c/o Eykyn Maclean
© David Hockney
Ossie Wearing a Fairisle Sweater 1970 Coloured pencil and crayon on paper 430 x 355 mm Private collection, London © David Hockney
Ossie Wearing a Fairisle Sweater
1970
Coloured pencil and crayon on paper
430 x 355 mm
Private collection, London
© David Hockney
Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1972 Acrylic paint on canvas 2140 x 3048 mm Lewis Collection © David Hockney Photo Credit: Art Gallery of New South Wales / Jenni Carter
Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)
1972
Acrylic paint on canvas
2140 x 3048 mm
Lewis Collection
© David Hockney
Photo Credit: Art Gallery of New South Wales / Jenni Carter
Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool 1966 Acrylic paint on canvas 1520 x 1520 mm National Museums Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery. Presented by Sir John Moores 1968 © David Hockney
Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt
Peter Getting Out of Nick’s Pool
1966
Acrylic paint on canvas
1520 x 1520 mm
National Museums Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery. Presented by Sir John Moores 1968
© David Hockney
Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

According to Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain: ‘Hockney’s impact on post-war art, and culture more generally, is inestimable, and this is a fantastic opportunity to see the full trajectory of his career to date.’

To find out more about David Hockney’s life and work, Chris Stephens, Head of Displays and Lead Curator, Modern British Art, will be giving a Curator’s Talk and a private view of the exhibition on 20th February 2017 at the Museum’s Clore Auditorium. Guided tours are also available every Wednesday – Saturday from 22nd February to 20th May 2017.

David Hockney, who has a home and studio in Kensington, London, and two residences in California, where he has lived on and off for over 30 years, said: ‘It has been a pleasure to revisit works I made decades ago, including some of my earliest paintings. Many of them seem like old friends to me now. We’re looking back over a lifetime with this exhibition, and I hope, like me, people will enjoy seeing how the roots of my new and recent work can be seen in the developments over the years.’

Watch this film ‘I Like to Live in the Now’ | TateShots by Hockney himself, reflecting over 60 years of painting, drawing, printmaking and photography.

www.tate.org.uk

David Hockney
9 February – 29 May 2017

Tate Britain
Millbank
London
SW1P 4RG

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